Providence Health Care Foundation
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in following the CDC’s Community Mitigation Strategies for Community Gatherings and Events, we are sad to announce that the Providence Health Care Foundation Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the 2020 PCH Gala Dinner & Auction that was scheduled for September 12th.
A number of factors were taken into consideration in determining the need to cancel the event, including the number of attendees, the density of attendees within a confined space, the number of people attending who are at a greater risk of more serious illness after exposure, and the level of transmission among our attendees.
This was a very difficult decision, as the PCH Gala Dinner & Auction is the single largest event fundraiser for Providence Centralia Hospital and a long-standing event in our community. However, the Board needed to prioritize the health and safety of our donors, staff, volunteers, event partners, and guests. We do look forward to your participation for our next PCH Gala Dinner and Auction fall of 2021.
In place of the Gala, Providence Health Care Foundation is seeking donations at this time to fundraise for COVID-19 testing at Providence Centralia Hospital. There is an urgent need to get the necessary equipment in place to allow PCH to test and diagnose locally. This community project is estimated to cost approximately $50,000 and would take 4 - 5 weeks to implement.
Having the ability to test for COVID-19 at Providence Centralia Hospital would offer our community the best chance to mitigate the impact of this outbreak. With delays in widespread testing, having the equipment and processing lab at PCH will help eliminate the need for sending patients outside of our community for testing and speed up the time it takes to get results - from taking several days up to a week, with on-site testing and processing, results can be in hand in 4-5 hours. With such quick turn-around times, PCH would be able to test up to 300 patients a week, enabling area physicians and healthcare providers do a better job in understanding where the risk is and how we can better respond to that risk. Additionally, having local access to COVID-19 testing can help us prepare for any possible surges and help guide us sooner towards the next phases in Washington State’s Reopening Washington Plan.
The Greatest Part of Living is Giving
Providence Health Care Foundation is dedicated to supporting the many health services provided through Providence: Providence Centralia Hospital, Providence Regional Cancer Centers, Boldt Diabetes Clinic, Providence Medical Groups, Providence SoundHomeCare & Hospice, Blanchet House, Rossi House and Providence Place. Many gifts to the Foundation are cash gifts given to a designated fund or an area of greatest need.
How you can support the Mission
- Remember family and friends through a memorial or honorarium gift
- Pledge to make an annual contribution
- Consider gifts of stock, bonds or real estate
- Make a charitable bequest through your will
- Purchase a memorial paver, located in the Mother Joseph Memorial Garden
- Become a sponsor at one of the major fundraising events
- Create a new source of income for yourself through a charitable annuity.
For more information about current gift planning options and giving opportunities, please email the Foundation.
The staff can provide you with complimentary and confidential computations at no obligation. They can work with your financial and legal advisors and ensure that your personal financial goals are honored.
Help Providence during the COVID-19 crisis
During this COVID-19 pandemic, we at Providence have seen the compassion and genuine care from individuals and businesses of our community.
Although specific needs for COVID-19 recovery continue to evolve, we know they will be significant. Below are several funds we would ask you to consider supporting as they will provide direct help, needed equipment and supplies.
Greatest Need Fund
This fund provides the greatest flexibility and accessibility to address immediate needs. Both Providence foundations in Southwest Washington use gifts to this fund to directly support their affiliated hospitals and programs. Greatest need funds will be used to support COVID-19 response and recovery.
Patient Assistance Fund
The Sister Rita Patient Assistance fund (Providence St. Peter Hospital) and Sister Carolyn Patient Assistance fund (Providence Centralia Hospital) are used regularly to remove barriers for patients awaiting discharge from the hospital. These can include transportation, lodging, food, clothing and other needs preventing them from making the transition out of the hospital when inpatient care is no longer required. These funds benefit patients being discharged and those waiting admission when hospital beds are in high demand.
Employee Emergency Assistance Fund
Established and funded primarily by Providence employees to support emergent needs of their coworkers, donations to either foundation for this purpose will be available to our caregivers needing financial assistance due to COVID-19 or any other unforeseen financial hardship in their household. These funds are available to employees of all Providence ministries in Southwest Washington.
Whatever you can do to show your support for our caregivers and patients, please know it matters deeply to us. Whether a prayer for their protection or a donation to provide direct support, care and comfort, you are making a difference. You are helping save lives in our community.